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Actions against the police claim and police complaint: D.O.-v- Chief Constable of Merseyside Police


D.O. instructed David Phillips and Partners solicitors to pursue a police complaint following abuse of “stop and search” powers. As a result of our representations the complaint was upheld by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (“IPCC”).

D.O. was stopped in his car and spoken to by two police officers who suspected that he was operating as an unlicensed taxi driver. He was stopped again five days later by the same two officers, who this time conducted a thorough search of his vehicle. They told him they were exercising their powers under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Police Order Act 1994.

David Phillips and Partners solicitors were instructed by D.O. to pursue a police complaint. Initially, it was rejected by Merseyside Police’s own investigators.

We advised D.O. that we felt there was merit in his complaint, and submitted an appeal to the IPCC. On review they agreed with David Phillips and Partners solicitors that the use of s.60 powers was not appropriate.

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